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Dillinger (1945)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  2 March 1945 (USA)
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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

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Eduardo Ciannelli ...
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Kirk Otto
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Mrs. Otto (as Else Jannsen)
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Mr. Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
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The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgiveably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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SHOCK-BY-SHOCK STORY OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS BANDIT OF OUR TIMES!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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2 March 1945 (USA)  »

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John Dillinger, Killer  »

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$193,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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The first of four films made by Lawrence Tierney with director Max Nosseck. There was no love lost between them, however. In a magazine interview, Tierney said that he "hated" Nosseck. The feeling, as it turned out, was mutual. See more »

Goofs

This film, which is set primarily in the Midwest, was clearly shot in California. For example, there are mountains visible about 15 minutes in when John goes to the cement factory. See more »

Quotes

Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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References Barefoot Boy (1938) See more »

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Il Bacio
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Music by Luigi Arditi
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"Dillinger And His Big Plans!"
26 January 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This lean, mean cheapo has all the virtues of economy. Lawrence Tierney is great in his impressive debut, ideally cast as the cold, humourless psychopath. In a little over an hour we get the complete biography, with the bad guy hero gunned down with seven dollars and twenty cents in his pocket, the exact amount with which he began his criminal spree.

The scene transitions are tight and efficient, and the story-telling terse and elliptical, giving us only the significant moments in this brief, violent life. No words are wasted when Pa Otto meets his end.

Dmitri Tiomkin provides his customarily excellent music. The lone wailing horn in the prison scenes captures superbly the despair of the inmates, as indeed does the unyielding regularity of the jail architecture.

Verdict - Less is more in this commendably spare gangster flick.


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